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Although I'm 20K miles away from the 60K service, I just noticed that the 60K service calls for a coolant change. I've done all my maintenance myself, and I plan on doing the 60K myself when the time comes. Changing coolant is generally pretty straightforward, but sometimes it can get a bit tricky. For example, on the Porsche 944 I used to have, I never would have found the engine block drain plug if someone hadn't shown me where it was. Any strange tricks on a 2008 Lancer?
'08 Lancer ES, daily driver
'00 Porsche 911 Carrera, autocross and general fun car
'87 Porsche 924S, track car
My wife's trucks:
'11 Toyota Tacoma
'03 Toyota Tacoma
It's pretty easy on the lancer, I've had to do soo much work on the cooling system in this car and I haven't ran into any problems yet. Other than coolant randomly disappearing. There aren't any leaks, I did a pressure test plus you can't see any leaks or drips on the ground. The head gasket isnt broken because I've been refilling the radiator for months and there isn't any coolant in the oil, no weird burning smells, and its been over 5,000 miles of driving like this. It looks like to me all the coolant is going into the reservoir until that gets full, but then i open the radiator cap and pour more in and it takes like 1/4th to 1/2 a gallon of more coolant. I can't figure it out for the life of me...
[X] Mishimoto 2008+ Evolution X Radiator
[X] Mishimoto 2008+ Evolution X Silicone Hose kit
[X] Injen Cold Air Intake 2.0L
[X] MagnaFlow Cat-Back Exhaust
[X] PlastiDip Blacked out bumper
 RRM Pully
 Light weight Wheels (Still looking for lightest weight 18" or 17" rims)
 CF Hood painted to match body color
Your cooling system probably isn't entirely full which is why you are noticing coolant randomly "disappearing". When you don't use a flush machine to exchange the coolant and simply drain it out and refill it, there are tons of air pockets that are introduced. Luckily we have a flush machine at work but whenever I do a coolant flush, I always let the vehicle run with the rad cap off and "burp" the system with the upper rad hose to try and get as much air out as I can. You'll never get it all but over time the rest of the air will come out as your drive, which is why the overflow container will go down and you'll have to fill it a bit. Always remember to keep the overflow container full as that is what the rad takes from when it becomes low.